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Short film “Kiss My Ashes Goodbye” wins audience prize at Bike Shorts Film Festival

Each year for the past several years now, Salem filmmaker Hank Ebert and I have made a short film for the annual Bike Shorts Film Festival — short films about bicycles.

On Friday night, we won the audience vote at the Roanoke showing.

The 13 entries came from all over — some local to our corner of Virginia, but also some from Canada, Israel and Hong Kong. The judges picked one from Vancouver as their winner. The audience chose ours.

Here ’tis!

The film stars Blair Peyton as the bike messenger, Chris Shepard as the bike messenger company chieftain, Marianne Ebert as the funeral home attendant, Stephen Glassbrenner as thief one, Hannah Whitt as the woman with car trouble, Lincoln Humphry as thief two, Martha Weeks Boswell as the woman who requested the delivery, and Maggie Bryant and Alden Bryant as the two children.

Next up: There are showings (and more audience votes) in Lynchburg on May 7 and Blacksburg on May 30. And there’s also a prize for the most number of You Tube views in May, so start watching!

I also have these photos from the making of KISS MY ASHES GOODBYE.

And here’s a list of the other films that Hank and I have done: Read the rest of this entry »

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“Unwanted” takes second place at Waynesboro Film Festival

The short film “Unwanted” that Hank Ebert and I put together for the Bike Shorts Festival recently took second place in the audience vote at the Waynesboro Film Festival in Waynesboro, Virginia.

We also took second at the audience vote at the bike festival, too. We are the kings of second place!

* Background on the Bike Shorts Film Festival and other films Hank and I have done

* Still photos from the filming of “Unwanted”

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Behind-the-scenes photos from the short film “Unwanted”

Hank Ebert (left) with Gary Reid (the police officer) and Kelly Anglim (the evidence tech) with Charlie and Martha Boswell somewhere under the sheets.

Hank Ebert (left) with Gary Reid (the police officer) and Kelly Anglim (the evidence tech) with Charlie and Martha Boswell somewhere under the sheets.

I’m a stage guy, not a film guy. But once a year, Salem filmmaker Hank Ebert and I wind up collaborating on a short film for various local competitions.

In the past, we’ve done:
* “My Kid Could Paint That” for a festival at the Grandin Theatre in 2009
* “Back to the Future” for a Sweded film festival in the 2012 Marginal Arts Festival.
* “The Secret Lives of Goldfish” for the 2013 Bike Shorts Festival (behind-the-scenes photos here.)

This year, Hank and I once again have teamed up to produce a short film for the Bike Shorts Festival, which, as the name implies, is seeking short films about bicycles.

Since the entry deadline hasn’t passed  yet, and the film showing isn’t until early May, I won’t give away TOO many details, but below are some photos from our two film shoots on March 1 and March 8. You can find the entire set here.

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Still photos from my short film, “The Secret Lives of Goldfish”

Chad Snyder stars as the goldfish in "The Secret Lives of Goldfish."

Chad Snyder stars as the goldfish in “The Secret Lives of Goldfish.”

I recently collaborated with Salem filmmaker Hank Ebert to create a short film for the annual “Bike Shorts” film competition. The main rule is, it has to feature a bicycle. I adapted my short script “The Secret Lives of Goldfish” (actually this is episode 6 in the series of short stage plays) for the project.

The main thing you need to know about “The Secret Lives of Goldfish” is that it involves a goldfish riding a bicycle — our riff on the line about “a woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle.”

I wrote the script; Hank Ebert was the director and videographer. Chad Snyder and Kevin McAlexander are the two goldfish (although only Chad appears on camera; Kevin is there in a voiceover.) Hank’s wife, Marianne, made the goldfish suit; my wife, Trina, made the headpiece. We did the outdoor filming in March in Green Hill Park in Roanoke County, then finished up with voiceovers in the studio in April.

I’ve worked with Hank on two other short films — “My Kid Could Paint That” and a Sweded version of “Back to the Future” in a local competition. Both Chad and Kevin had key roles in that project, as well.

The films will be screened, and judged, on May 3, with the winner advancing on to national competition.  I’ve held off posting still photos now, until after the entry deadline has passed, so here goes. Read the rest of this entry »

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